Men’s health is very important, but is often avoided as a topic of conversation due to embarrassment and self-consciousness. However, many of the most stigmatised medical conditions experienced by men are actually very common, and important to discuss. In this article, we will outline three of the most common men’s health conditions, and offer some guidance about how to talk about them. 

Men’s Health

Men’s health is an umbrella term used to refer to health problems experienced primarily by men. This includes everything from male pattern baldness to prostate cancer. Men’s health is a huge topic, and can be very important to talk about. In this article, we focus on the three most common men’s health conditions: erectile dysfunction, hair loss and premature ejaculation.

Talking About Hair Loss

In many ways, hair loss is the least concerning of all the conditions that fall under the heading of men’s health. Whilst hair loss may be very common, that does not mean that it is not something that can profoundly affect men who experience it. Baldness is not a particularly stigmatised condition in men, but the feelings that may come with hair loss certainly are. 

Men who are concerned about hair loss can find themselves dismissed as being vain or too concerned about their appearance, but hair loss can cause distress and identity issues for some men. For this reason, it’s important to talk about hair loss if it’s something that concerns you. 

Hair loss can have many different causes, but in men, it is usually genetic and related to high testosterone levels. Studies show that approximately 16% of men aged 18 to 29 have a significant degree of hair loss. That rate increases with age so around 53% of men in their 40s have moderate to severe baldness. 

Whilst many men come to terms with hair loss, for others, it can feel more difficult. Hair loss can affect our own self-image as well as how society perceives us, so it’s no surprise that it can contribute to anxiety and depression in some people. 

If hair loss is affecting your wellbeing, it’s a good idea to talk about it with a doctor. They can discuss potential treatments to reduce hair loss or promote hair growth, such as Regaine, finasteride or hair transplant. Unfortunately, these hair loss medications are not available to men on the NHS, so they would need to be purchased through private providers such as Simple Online Pharmacy. 

If hair loss is having an impact on your mental health, this is also something to raise with your doctor. They may recommend psychological therapies, like counselling or medications to help you bring your mental health back on track.

Talking about hair loss may not be as hard as it first appears. Lots of men experience hair loss and many of them will feel the same way. People often find it easier to be more honest and to listen one to one, rather than in a large group. So if you do want to talk about hair loss, it may be best to find a time when you’re on your own with a trusted friend who has gone through something similar themselves.

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Discussing ED

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. It is estimated that over 16.5 million men in the UK (almost half the male population) are affected by some form of ED. Like many other men’s health conditions, it is not uncommon; however, ED is probably the most stigmatised. 

Many men really struggle with the psychological impact of erectile dysfunction as it can feel emasculating when they are unable to perform sexually. However, erectile dysfunction is really just a fact of life, one which most men will experience at some point. 

ED can have psychological or physical causes, and it can be useful to try and work out which apply to you. If you are young and healthy, psychological causes are more common, whereas physical causes are more likely in older men or people with other health problems. Sometimes, erectile dysfunction can be the symptom of an underlying health condition, so it is important to speak to a doctor if you’re experiencing ED. 

It can feel difficult to talk to a doctor about something as personal as erectile dysfunction, but ever since the development of Viagra in the late nineties, ED has become a common issue presented to GPs. You do not need to feel embarrassed about ED, and your doctor will certainly have encountered other patients with similar problems in the past. 

If it makes you feel more comfortable, you can request to speak to a male doctor in the practice, and you could also choose to take your partner with you to the appointment. When you book the appointment, you can let them know in advance that it’s about ED. This can make it easier to bring it up in the appointment, because they already know why you’re there. 

At the appointment, your doctor will run through a series of questions about your health, medical history and lifestyle to try and identify a potential cause of your ED. They may also wish to do a physical examination or run blood tests, to rule out other possible causes such as high blood pressure, heart disease or an enlarged prostate. 

If you are offered an intimate physical exam, such as a rectal exam, you do not have to accept this, but your doctor may recommend it to help rule out any risk of prostate problems or, in very rare cases, cancer. 

If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, it is a good idea to also discuss this with your partner. It can feel quite awkward initially, but it is best to break the ice and to get the topic out in the open. Erectile dysfunction can affect the self-esteem and mental health of someone whether it is themselves or their partner who has ED. Talking about ED with your partner helps to protect your relationship during this difficult time and can also bring you closer as a couple. 

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Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation is defined as ejaculation that occurs earlier than yourself or your partner would like. It is an incredibly common problem, especially in younger men. Approximately one third of men experience premature ejaculation, but only 1-3% of them every approach their doctor about it. If it only happens occasionally, it is not something to worry about, but if it happens often or if it is starting to affect your relationships, it might be worth discussing it with your doctor. 

Premature ejaculation can be an embarrassing thing to talk about, but that doesn’t need to be the case. It is far better to bring it up and do something about it, than it is to repress it and nothing changes. As with any health condition, you do not need to worry about discussing this with your doctor. It is literally their job to help people with conditions like this, and they will not be judgemental towards you. 

If it makes you more comfortable, feel free to request a male doctor when you make your appointment and you can bring your partner with you if you feel it may help. Try to be as open and honest with your doctor as you can. They are likely to ask you questions about your sexual history and what types of sexual activity you engage in. They are not doing this to pry, they are simply trying to understand how best to help you. 

Treatments for premature ejaculation include medications like SSRI medications or numbing creams that can help you last longer. There are also various self-help techniques you can try, such as masturbating 1 to 2 hours before sex, using a thick condom to reduce sensation and distracting yourself during sex. These techniques can take practice, but they can also be very effective on their own without you needing to start using any medication. 

It can also be helpful to talk to your partner about premature ejaculation. If you are in a new relationship, it might be helpful to explain to them how you’re feeling, perhaps you’re feeling nervous or you’re finding them very attractive and it’s hard to control yourself. 

Being honest about the challenge you’re facing can help them to understand your situation and may also strengthen your relationship. If the problem has been going on for a while, or if it is a new problem for you and your partner, it can be very valuable to discuss it. 

Your partner may be feeling unsatisfied, so this opens up the opportunity to ensure that their needs are being met as well. There are many other types of sexual activity that do not depend upon an erection. You can also discuss any potential factors that you feel are influencing your premature ejaculation. 

For example, if you are feeling particularly stressed or anxious, premature ejaculation may be a consequence. Discussing premature ejaculation with your partner is an important thing to do to look after your relationship and to ensure you are both feeling well supported.   

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What Can I Do?

If you’re experiencing a men’s health condition, the first thing to do is to speak to your doctor. They may be able to recommend a suitable treatment. Some medications are not available through the NHS, especially hair loss treatments, so private providers may be more able to help you. 

Due to the sensitive nature of many of these conditions, some men choose to go online with their concerns about men’s health; UK registered pharmacies such as Simple Online Pharmacy are among your safest options. There are many people who will use the embarrassment and taboo around these subjects to defraud people – only use verified websites and pharmacies when ordering medication. 

You can request a range of treatment options for ED (including generic Viagra), hair loss and premature ejaculation via the Men’s Health section of our Online Doctor service. You can also check our Health Advice blog for more advice around Men’s Health, including checking for medication side effects, reading about types of hair loss and even learning about new developments in treatments for ED!

Conclusion

Men’s health can be a difficult subject to talk about. Conditions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation can feel particularly embarrassing, whilst hair loss concerns are sometimes written off as male vanity. In reality, these conditions can be deeply concerning, and it’s important to get them addressed by a professional if you have any concerns. 

Online pharmacies, such as Simple Online Pharmacy offer a discreet way to access prescription drugs for these health conditions, so any feelings of embarrassment don’t have to stop you from accessing the treatment you need.